Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta
Edited by Duane Bratt, Keith Brownsey, Richard Sutherland, and David Taras
$29.99 CAD / $29.99 USD
464 pages, 58 illustrations
6 x 9 inches
978-1-77385-027-6 (Institutional PDF)
About the Book
In 2015, the New Democratic Party won an unprecedented victory in Alberta. Unseating the Progressive Conservatives — who had won every provincial election since 1971 — they formed an NDP government for the first time in the history of the province.
Orange Chinook is the first scholarly analysis of this election. It examines the legacy of the Progressive Conservative dynasty, the PC and NDP campaigns, polling, and online politics, providing context and setting the stage for the unprecedented NDP victory. It highlights the importance of Alberta’s energy sector and how it relates to provincial politics with focus on the oil sands, the carbon tax, and pipelines.
Examining the NDP in power, Orange Chinook draws on Indigenous, urban, and rural perspectives to explore the transition process and government finances and politics. It explores the governing style of NDP premier Rachel Notley, paying special attention to her response to the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and to the role of women in politics.
Orange Chinook brings together Alberta’s top political watchers in this fascinating, multifaceted analysis.
Duane Bratt is professor and chair in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.
Keith Brownsey is a professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.
Richard Sutherland is an associate professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.
David Taras holds the Ralph Klein Chair in Media Studies at Mount Royal University.
With Contributions By: Duane Bratt, Janet Brown, Keith Brownsey, Brad Clark, Roger Epp, Ron Kneebone, Sheridan McVean, Chaseten Remillard, Peter Ryan, John Santos, Anthony Sayers, Gillian Steward, David Stuart, Richard Sutherland, Kevin Taft, David Taras, Melanee Thomas, Graham White, Lori Williams, Jame Wilt, Deborah Yedlin, and Jennifer Zwicker
Praise for Orange Chinook:
A useful baseline for considering the future of Alberta politics.
– Trevor Harrison, AlbertaViews